2012 North Carolina Election Results

President

Barack Obama (D)

President Obama won reelection in a convincing victory, clinching 336 electoral votes and 50 percent of the popular vote, wining all swing states except North Carolina, while Republican challenger Mitt Romney secured only 206 electoral votes and 48 percent of the popular vote. In North Carolina, the percentages were reversed, with Romney winning 50.4 percent of the popular vote, while Obama secured 48.3 percent.

US House of Representatives

Robert Pittenger (R)

Republican Robert Pittenger narrowly secured election, replacing the retiring incumbent Sue Myrick, and taking 51.8 percent of the vote in the three-county area that includes Mecklenburg, Union, and Gaston counties. Democrat Jennifer Roberts won 45.7 percent of the vote, and Independent Curtis Campbell won 2.6.

Governor

Pat McCrory (R)

Former Charlotte mayor Republican Pat McCrory secured the North Carolina governor’s race, defeating Democratic challenger Walter Dalton by 11.5 percentage points. McCrory won the race with 54.7 percent, and Dalton won 43.2. Libertarian candidate Barbara Howe took 2.1 percent of the vote.

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Mint Hill will most likely get a new state senator in latest redistricting map

The Mint Hill TimesMint Hill will no longer be in State Senate District 35 according to the latest Republican-drawn redistricting map released today. Mint Hill’s new district will be 41 which runs mostly along I-485 from Matthews, to Mint Hill to north Mecklenburg County.

The map will still need a final vote—most likely in late July—and there could be a few more tweaks. But more than likely Mint Hill will have a new state senator in the next state-wide elections.

A public hearing video conference will be held July 18 at CPCC on the proposed changes.

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Not much will change for Mint Hill in congressional redistricting

Myrick's district is shown in green and Kissell's is in purple.Rep. Sue Myrick (Dist. 9) will still represent the Mint Hill area according to the GOP-drawn congressional redistricting maps for North Carolina. However, Myrick’s district will change slightly. Her district, which currently pulls from suburban Mecklenburg County, Union County and Gaston County, will add southern Iredell County and drop Gaston County. The change shouldn’t affect her chances of getting reelected.
Just north of Mint Hill, Rep. Larry Kissell, a Democrat whose congressional district includes parts of 10 counties including Stanly, Union and Carbarrus, will lose a large group of African Americans to Rep. Mel Watt’s 12th district. The result could spell trouble for Kissell. In 2008, 52 percent of District 8 voted for Barack Obama. With the new district, the number falls to 44 percent.

Meetings will be held across the state Thursday to give residents a chance to voice their opinions about the new redistricting map. In the Charlotte area, the meeting will be held at the UNC Charlotte J. Murrey Atkins Library, Room 143, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. The meeting lasts from 3-9 pm.

 

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Bill Brawley says nothing illegal about GOP fundraiser

As Republicans in North Carolina held a fundraiser in Raleigh yesterday, a crowd of demonstrators stood outside calling the event a “pay for play” dinner with lobbyists.
Rep. Bill Brawley, who serves the Mint Hill and Matthews area, told WTVD that Democrats held the same type of fundraisers when they were in power:

The only difference between this and what has happened for years is the Republicans are in the majority.

Brawley spoke with reporters before heading into the event. He told WRAL that he had never been protested before. “This is great,” he said.

Democrats will hold a similar fundraiser July 12.

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Tucker: design bill lacks ‘teeth’

The Mint Hill Times

Sen. Tommy Tucker

A bill that would limit the guidelines municipalities can have in dictating the look of homes is now in committee in the state house. If passed, it could have repercussions for municipalities across the state.
Senate Bill 731, named the Zoning/Design and Aesthetic Controls bill, passed the senate on May 17 by a vote of 38-10. It was introduced by Mecklenburg County Senator Dan Clodfelter and seeks to “clarify when a municipality or a county may enact zoning ordinances related to design and aesthetic controls.”
The bill is now in committee in the state house awaiting a vote that will send it to the floor. Representatives will then vote again and send it back to the senate for the final vote.
State Senator Tommy Tucker (Dist. 35), who represents the Mint Hill area, said the version of the bill that came of the senate was softened and lacked the “teeth” it once had. He said that is why he voted for it.
“The paragraph that was limiting to municipalities was taken out,” he said. “This is a gut check for both entities—builders and municipalities.”
He said there has been very little response to the bill from the public or towns and acknowledged that towns don’t always know what’s happening in Raleigh.
Both Mint Hill and Matthews town leadership crafted a letter that voiced opposition to the bill. It will be sent to state legislators who represent the area. Continue reading

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Tucker: ‘We have the resources to become energy independent’

Tommy Tucker (R-35), who represents the Mint Hill area in the North Carolina Senate, released this video about an energy bill he is co-sponsoring with Bob Rucho and Harry Brown.

The bill, predictably called the Energy Jobs Act, will make off shore drilling for natural gas possible in the state, as well as other energy exploration.


 

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